Father and Daughter Died in a Fire at East Nashville

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A fire in the apartment at East Nashville took a life of a father and his 4-year- old daughter. The incident took place on Thursday and investigators could not find any evidences of smoke alarm in their home. The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. in the kitchen of the family’s rental unit in the 200 block of Foster Street, informed Brian Haas, spokesman from the Nashville Fire Department. The primary report stated that children were trapped inside the triplex, he informed.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they saw that heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the building. Firefighters rescued two children and controlled the blaze in about 15-20 minutes, Haas said. The bodies of the man and his daughter were found inside the small apartment by firefighters. Temporarily they were identified as Stefan Lavender, 34, and Stephine Lavender, 4 by Metro Police. Medical Examiner’s office will officially confirm their identities, police said. In 2014 the fire had taken the lives of six people, Haas said.

However, the father and daughter are the second and third victims of the fire in Nashville this year, he further informed. Haas said, “We don’t get fire deaths all that often, and it’s a tragedy when it happens. Across the state over the last two years, fire deaths have been decreasing and it is being largely attributed to greater awareness of smoke alarms.” Haas said that while smoke alarm was going off in a nearby unit in the triplex, firefighters and investigators were unable to find any evidence of smoke alarms in … MORE

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